Wine and Dine

Written by Leah LeMoine Category: Lifestyle Issue: January 2015
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Insider’s View Dinner Series at Different Pointe of View
The Valley’s premier wine dinner series is held in arguably Phoenix’s premier dining room, with huge glass windows opening onto a multilevel patio overlooking the majesty of the city below. Chef DeMuro shakes up the format by preparing a multi-course meal at a cooking station surrounded by 12 guests, answering questions and chatting with the winemaker and guests as he cooks. The series is held monthly from September to May. Reservations (required) cost $99 per person.
11111 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, 602-866-6350,

Winemaker Dinner Series at Litchfield’s at The Wigwam
Though he doesn’t prepare the food tableside, executive chef Rich Hinojosa’s expertise as a certified second-level sommelier translates into exquisite food and wine pairings, as well as knowledgeable banter with the featured winemaker and guests. The series is held monthly from September to April. Reservations (required) cost $69-$99 per person, depending on the featured winery. Discounted room rates for the historical resort are available (barring blackout dates) using the promo code WINEDINNER.
300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, 623-935-3811,

Weekly Wine Tasting Dinner at Betty’s Nosh
Food and wine enthusiasts on a budget can dip their toes into the wine dinner pool at this laid-back wine bar and restaurant, which offers a fun hybrid between a traditional wine dinner and a wine tasting. Every Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Betty’s Nosh offers complimentary wine tastings (one white and two reds) with the purchase of dinner or happy hour nibbles (dine-in only). You can take on the pairing duties, or have one of Betty’s wine-savvy staffers or visiting wine pros (there’s usually one on hand) help.
6685 W. Beardsley Rd., Glendale, 623-561-6674,